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Digging a WW2 stopline in Wales

Article about: A rare chance to excavate two slots across the WWII stopline in Carmarthenshire. One slot was hand dug to the maximum safe working depth of 1.2 m. This gave us its width of 5.5 m, but not th

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    A rare chance to excavate two slots across the WWII stopline in Carmarthenshire.

    One slot was hand dug to the maximum safe working depth of 1.2 m. This gave us its width of 5.5 m, but not the depth or its profile, so a second slot was dug using a tracked digger to take it down to full depth of 2.65 m.

    The period photo shows what it would have looked like and the drawn profile mentions the brushwood revetment of which traces were found in the second slot.

    The 2nd slot was far too dangerous to climb into and it was only photographed from on top and it quite rapidly started to collapse.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture site and trench location plan scan detail.jpg   stopline picture.jpg  

    stopline t8.jpg   stop line anti tank ditch.jpg  

    stopline 1.jpg   stopline 3.jpg  

    stopline 2.jpg   stopline 4.jpg  

    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    A friend provided me with this RAF aerial photo of it from 1941.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Carms stop line ap 1941 v2.jpg  
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    thank you Jerry.

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    Some concrete anti tank blocks to the north, part of the same stop line.

    Archaeology in Wales - Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Dyfed - Dyfed Archaeological Trust

    https://b.geolocation.ws/v/W/File%3A...46199.jpg/-/en
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture 684-F carms stop line anti tank cubes.jpg  
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    I bet it felt good to be paid to dig a WW2 site. Nice one.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    I bet it felt good to be paid to dig a WW2 site. Nice one.

    Cheers, Ade.
    It did indeed Ade, a rare thing to get the chance to do. A shame that there were no finds but that was to be expected, only open for a few years and then backfilled.

    Still cool to see it.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Great stuff Jerry !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Was that seriously expected to stop the Wehrmacht?

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    Interesting stuff mate!....

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    Quote by Glenn66 View Post
    Was that seriously expected to stop the Wehrmacht?
    More to slow them down, early war panzers would have struggled to cross it, though easy to fill it with a few tanks then drive over the top of them, or fill it with fascines, use bridging equipment or blow the sides in etc.

    Perhaps more for public morale than a serious attempt to stop the Germans if they had ever invaded, but as they did not...
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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